The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) is an international association responsible for establishing various sets of standards for electronic display devices. This includes computer monitors, home cinema video projectors and, of course, HD TVs and UHD TVs. The VESA name is thus inextricably linked to the IT sector, and the association has standardized screen resolutions (VGA, XGA, etc.) from the beginning.
Understanding the VESA FDMI standard
The objective of this article is to present the VESA FDMI (Flat Display Mounting Interface) standard. In practice, the VESA FDMI standard regulates the distance between screw holes located at the back of TVs measuring between 4” and 90” in diagonal. This encompasses all LED and OLED TVs on the market, whether they be 1080p HDTV or UHD/4K models.
For each flat screen TV, its manufacturer indicates compliance with the VESA standard by communicating the vertical and horizontal distances, in millimeters, between the screw-holes. For example, 200×200 means that the distance between the top and bottom screw holes is 200 mm (20 cm). Another example: 400×200 means that the screw holes are set apart by 40 cm horizontally and 20 cm vertically.
Which mount should you choose?
Most TV mounts and TV furniture with mounts are compatible with several different VESA dimensions. All you need to do, then, is choose the mount best adapted to your television. All mounts are delivered in two parts, one attached to the television and the other destined to be mounted on a wall. It is important to pay attention to how much weight a mount can support and compare this to the weight of your television. It is also important to take into account the characteristics of the wall on which you’re planning to mount a television. For concrete walls, the mount should be solid (if you are using concrete anchors). For hollow block walls, choosing anchors which have been specially designed for this application is essential. For plaster walls, specific Molly bolts should be used.
For plaster walls, we recommend not mounting a television weighing more than 30 kg (models up to 65”). It is also wise to avoid jointed wall mounts (which increase the mechanical constraints placed on the screws and anchors).
One last word to say that wall mounting is accessible to anyone who knows how to use a cordless drill/driver (or hammer drill for concrete) and a bubble level.French